Our Life

We are incredibly blessed to reside on a five hundred acre Ranch in the mountains of Southern California.  We are not alone in this life or this lifestyle.  My paternal grandparents came out here over forty years ago with their children to start  a simpler life.  Now we have four generations of families working together to create a utopia out here on the Ranch.  With well water, solar power, orchards, gardens, cattle, pigs, horses, ducks, chickens, and goats we are almost completely self sufficient.  As a child, life was a constant adventure with the rolling hills and bits of history tucked in the valleys.

On October 23, 2007, tragedy struck.  The majority of our Ranch burnt to nothing, leaving families without homes, animals without shelter, and many of us without hope.  It has been quite a journey, but the majority of the Ranch has been restored.  And I, after many trials and tribulations, have finally started to rise from the ashes.  It sounds dramatic, but there were some extremely dark times.  It has taken a lot of healing and grace to bring me to the place I am now.  I met Paul in the midst of this despair.  He helped bring me out of it with his patience and understanding.  We were married, literally in a field, on July 10, 2010 and hit the ground running ever since.

Paul and I have been living here since May 2011.  We resided temporarily in my parents spare room while we (and mostly my dad) worked to prepare our pad and place our house.  Thanksgiving weekend marked our first time in a home of our own.  In January 2012 we became three, welcoming our beautiful son Anthony Christopher into the world.  Since then we have learned so much about ourselves and are striving to live a more natural life.

This is partly by necessity.  We barely have two dimes to rub together, and to top it off I'm still paying off my very expensive, slightly useless education from the University of San Diego.  But even if we didn't have the weight of my students loans, even if we were rolling in dough we wouldn't change much.  We enjoy our life, and enjoy journeying towards simplicity.  We have a roof over our heads, food in our fridge, and each other.  What more do we need?

I am a part time employee, full time mother, and full time wife.  Balancing these three things is a challenge for me, and I hope that by chronicling our adventures I will be more organized and more accountable.

Paul is a former hairstylist turned insurance man. He's also hilarious, extremely good-looking, an amazing father, and the best partner a girl could ask for.

In April 2014 we added a new little person to our lives. Vincent Daniel is a funny, sweet little thing. Anthony loves his little brother, and I could ask for a better life with my sweet boys.


  1. Don't know why I'm just NOW visiting your blog after all the Twitter talk. Love it! So jealous of your ranch life, though I can only imagine how challenging the fire and aftermath was--oh my goodness.